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Grave of William and Sarah Winchester

For the fact that New Haven is one of the oldest cities in America, it doesn’t have many ghosts. There are colonial graveyards and old mansions galore, but its spectral population seems limited to…

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Arms’ Reach

Winchester Lofts

In the 1870s, an offshoot of New Haven’s Canal Street was renamed to honor the sprawling new factory that’d been built there. The complex was one of the biggest in the state, let alone the city, and by the late …

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Thick Skin

Leatherman

Between 1852 and 1889, a strange man dressed in a quilt of leather patches paced back and forth between the Connecticut River and the Hudson. He spoke broken English and fluent French. He refused meat on Fridays and…

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Admission Accomplished

From left: Cornelia H.B. Rogers (Romance Languages and Literatures), Sara Bulkley Rogers (History), Margaretta Palmer (Mathematics), Mary Augusta Scott (English), Laura Johnson Wylie (English), Charlotte Fitch Roberts (Chemistry), Elizabeth Deering Hanscom (English). Painted by Brenda Zlamany.

When it isn’t covered by snow, Maya Lin’s Women’s Table, the fountain sculpture in front of Yale’s Sterling Library, sits gleaming under a sheen of water. …

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On a Mission

Henry ‘Ōpūkaha’ia

In the fall of 1809, Yale College student Edwin Dwight came upon a strange scene. At the main gate of Yale College stood a young man from a foreign land, crying. …

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Of This Land

The Connecticut State Seal has three planted grape vines on it, each one bearing a trio of purple bunches. …

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Criminal Records

Whitney Library, New Haven Museum

Numerous historians have asserted that, during its heady first decades starting in 1638, the colony of New Haven was the purest of all the Puritan theocracies established in the New World. …

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Crushing It

A print on a wall at the bottom of a staircase. An antique rifle kept racked behind glass. A milling machine thought to be the oldest in America. A plaque hanging inside a white-slatted house. An interior wall that looks …

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Tough Love Letters

Letter from Eli Whitney to Eli Whitney Blake

You must write to me often. It will not be in my power to write you very frequently; but you must write to me as often as once a month by mail, whether I write to you or not. Do

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Road Rage

In July of 1636, John Oldham’s boat was discovered off the coast of Block Island, RI. There was only one passenger: Oldham’s naked corpse, with a hatchet lodged in his skull. …

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